J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Petit Trianon, Versailles 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 34 Recto:
Petit Trianon, Versailles 1832
D24232
Turner Bequest CCLVII 34
Pencil on white laid paper, 175 x 127 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘34’ top left and ‘2’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLVII 34’ top right, ascending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the top half of this page with a view of the small pleasure retreat known as the Petit Trianon at the Palace of Versailles, located some twelve miles south-west of central Paris. This sketch is taken from a tree-lined avenue leading to the building’s south wing with the main entrance courtyard just in front. Turner made numerous sketches of the Versailles palace complex in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction. The existence of so many studies suggests that Turner considered Versailles as a subject for an illustration for a new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36) although it was not included in the publication in the event.1

John Chu
January 2015

1
W[illiam] G[eorge] Rawlinson, The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, R.A., London 1908, vol.II, pp.264–76 nos.453–92, 288–92 nos.525–39.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Petit Trianon, Versailles 1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-petit-trianon-versailles-r1175260, accessed 01 December 2020.